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Watch out McDonald’s, there’s a new fast food player on the block. Green cuisine is in—coming complete with sweet potato fries, ingredients sourced from local farms and compostable plates.
Eco-friendly food trucks are bringing farm-fresh ingredients to the streets. As more people search for healthier food choices, these mobile units outfitted with commercial kitchens blast the golden model that affordable fast food has to be greasy burgers and fries. These mobile restaurants prove that fast food can be healthy, green and delicious.
“It’s a totally new way of getting the message out there,” said Ami Beach Shadle, co-owner of the just-opened all-vegetarian, eco-friendly gmonkey mobile truck. “We’re creating a fan-based food business.”
Shadle, a certified holistic nutritionist and raw food chef, along with her husband, Mark, an award-winning chef and co-owner of a vegetarian restaurant in Middletown, Conn., view their latest endeavor as a natural evolution of bringing the farm to the street.
“This mobile kitchen is an extension of our philosophy about the food revolution: that people should have access to healthy, tasty, eco-friendly food choices,” Mark said. “Our goal is to break any stereotypes of typical street vending foods and redefine them in a totally green, provocative, and innovative way.”
The couple lives on an historic property from the 1700s, which they are nurturing back into an organic solar farm that serves as the headquarters for the business and the source for many ingredients on their menu.
They make all their ingredients from scratch from the ketchup for Mark’s famous sweet potato fries to the breads for their popular farm-to-street veggie burger. Other green elements of the truck include composting all waste and running on bio-fuel.
Another eco-foodie truck around since 2005 is Let’s Be Frank, started by a husband-and-wife team, who wanted to support the shrinking community of family farmers and ranchers in California.